Lola 1981 M
3.00PM Sun 1 Jul 2018
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
The second instalment of Fassbinder's BRD trilogy, Lola is a gaudy, vulgar reworking of Joseph von Sternberg's 1930 classic The Blue Angel. Taking the name from Marlene Dietrich's character, the eponymous Lola (Barbara Sukowa) is a single mother who moonlights as a sultry singer at the town brothel. The bordello's owner is the sleazy Schukert (Mario Adorf), an unscrupulous developer who stands to benefit greatly from the boom of post-war reconstruction, along with his cronies. When the self-righteous new building commissioner von Bohm (Armin Mueller-Stahl) comes to town, he begins collecting evidence to expose Schukert's corruption. But von Bohm quickly falls for Lola, oblivious that she is Schukert's mistress. Though Lola abounds with wry humour and lavish kitsch, it goes beyond broad satire and into political condemnation, particularly of Germany's "economic miracle." Though it exists in the same cinematic world as The Marriage of Maria Braun and Veronika Voss, unlike those Lola is rendered in garish, rainbow technicolour, highlighting the reckless extravagance of Lola and her ilk.
M | Mature themes and coarse language, Sexual references, drug use and nudity
35MM TRANSFERRED TO DCP (4K RESTORATION), 1.66:1, COLOUR (FUJICOLOR), MONO, 115 MINUTES, WEST GERMANY, GERMAN/ENGLISH/FRENCH/LATIN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER / SCRIPT: PEA FRÖHLICH, PETER MÄRTHESHEIMER, RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER / CINEMATOGRAPHER: XAVER SCHWARZENBERGER / EDITORS: RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER (AS FRANZ WALSCH), JULIANE LORENZ / PRODUCTION DESIGNERS: RAÚL GIMENEZ, ROLF ZEHETBAUER / ART DIRECTOR: HELMUT GASSNER / COSTUME DESIGNERS: BARBARA BAUM, EGON STRASSER / MUSIC: FREDDY QUINN, PEER RABEN / CAST: BARBARA SUKOWA, ARMIN MUELLER-STAHL, MARIO ADORF / PRODUCTION CO: WESTDEUTSCHER RUNDFUNK, KÖLN; RIALTO FILM PREBEN PHILIPSEN, BERLIN; TRIO-FILM, DUISBURG / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: RIALTO FILM BERLIN